Blake MacLellan

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The Far West of China

There are many things that run through my mind when I start thinking about my recent trip in Xinjiang, China's far west region, which shares borders with Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and to the south to Tibet.<p>I don't have to emphasize too much that the place …

China

Do you genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

Belly of the Beast: A Inspiring Profile of Analog Street Photographer Markus Andersen

Here’s a nice dose of inspiration: above is a beautiful 16-minute mini-documentary that looks at the work of Sydney-based street photographer Markus …

Urban Culture

Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good

When photographing an object in motion, you have three principal options: use an incredibly fast shutter speed for a crisp capture of both the moving object and the background, but not a sense of the motion; pan as the object passes to freeze just the object against an artistic blur of background; …

Travel Industry

Does Exodus: Gods and Kings deserve to be banned for historical inaccuracy?

Egypt thinks so, claiming it presents a Zionist view of events. But is it more guilty of being pompous and badly scripted?<p>Exodus: Gods and Kings review – holy Moses, wholly acceptable for the devout Egypt bans ‘Zionist’ film<p>This week, big-budget Hollywood epic Exodus: Gods and Kings was banned in …

Ancient History

The greatest reward

Project info<p>Mental notes.<p>Twelve years had passed since I last visited the "Big Apple" and my passion for photography at that time was not even a distant thought. This summer, however, I went there specifically for photography.<p>It was an unaccompanied trip - the first of my life - but, once I …

Photo Editing

Extreme Weather and Your Camera: How to Get the Shot and Protect Your Gear

If all outdoor photographers only shot on mild days, photography as an art would be shockingly boring. The best outdoor photography brings nature to …

The Doll Hospital, A 101-Year-Old Doll Repair Shop in Sydney, Australia

The Doll Hospital is a Sydney-based repair shop for dolls, teddy bears, and other toys that was founded back in 1913. The shop’s employees (there are …

Australia

What is dream?

Project info<p>It's a project made on film. They are double exposure, two or more shots, where previsualization and research in the street have a key part.<br>Constantly around the city looking for "connections" between things, people, feelings, as if everything were a dream, I have tried to create new …

Audio Mixing

Back to the Future 2 Light Up Shoes

We've waited our whole lives for these Back to the Future 2 Light Up Shoes... and they're finally here! Straight out of Hill Valley circa 2015, …

Robots

Why Netflix Looks Different Today: It's Fighting For Net Neutrality

Wednesday is Internet Slowdown day, and some of your favorite websites may look a little different -- but they probably won't be any slower.<p>Netflix, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, The Nation, Boing Boing and many other websites are displaying the "wheel of death" to show their support for net neutrality, or …

Google X acquires ‘tremor-canceling spoon’ startup

Google X, the research division of tech giant Google, has just announced that it has acquired Lift Labs, a company working on devices for people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and essential tremor. The company is best known for its “tremor-canceling spoon.”<p>Lift Labs …

Google advances Hangouts toward ‘future of Google Voice’

Google is taking more steps today toward morphing Hangouts into a single communications platform — by adding more Google Voice features.<p>In a post today on the Official Google Blog, the company announced:<p>“Starting today you can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web. It’s free to …

4.93 million Gmail usernames and passwords published, Google says ‘no evidence’ its systems were compromised

Approximately 4.93 million Gmail usernames and passwords were published to a Russian Bitcoin forum on Tuesday, as first reported by Russian website CNews. That’s the bad news. The good news is that this leak doesn’t seem as massive upon further inspection.<p>First off, we got in touch with Google …

Photography Website Makeover: Sheri Lynn Behr

Sheri Lynn Behr has a long and illustrious career in photography, capturing NYC nightlife from The Ramones to Bono on stage. In recent years, Behr …

Using Composition to Create More Powerful Portraits

As part of my series on portrait photography, in this article, I will discuss composition, one of the most important aspects of creating a good …

Erdogan poised to win Turkey's first popular presidential vote

ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan is set to secure his place in history as Turkey’s first popularly-elected president on Sunday, but his tightening grip on power has polarized the nation, worried Western allies and raised fears of creeping authoritarianism.<p>Erdogan’s core supporters, religious …

Iranian officials say they have armed Hamas for fight with Israel

Two senior Iranian officials told an Arabic-language television channel Monday that Tehran has supplied missile technology to<p>Hamasfor its fight against Israel.<p>Revolutionary Guard commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warned in an interview with the Arabic channel of Iran's state Al-Alam television that …

Gaza conflict: 72-hour ceasefire 'agreed by both sides'

US says Israel and Hamas have agreed to UN-brokered three-day truce and negotiations on a more durable truce in 24-day-old Gaza war<p>Israel and Hamas have agreed to a three-day ceasefire, the UN and US have jointly announced.<p>John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, said he had assurance from both sides …

Obama Will Take 'Very Significant' Executive Action On Immigration Crisis

"The president acting on immigration reform will certainly up the likelihood that [Republicans] would contemplate impeachment at some point," said Mr. Pfeiffer, who has been at the Obama White House since its inception.<p>A lot of people in Washington laughed off Sarah Palin's call to impeach the …

Immigration

The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight

Ever since its sweeping victory in the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel has been regarded as the dominant military power in the Middle East. No Arab state has risked a full-fledged war in decades, and few question the conventional wisdom that Israel would swiftly defeat any national army in a …

Why Obama Wants Israel to 'Do More' About Civilian Deaths

Oliver Weiken—EPA<p>Marco Longari—AFP/Getty Images<p>Marco Longari—AFP/Getty Images<p>Oliver Weiken—EPA<p>Marco Longari—AFP/Getty Images<p>Oliver Weiken—EPA<p>Marco …

Israel

Democratic strategists prescribe populism to cure party ills

Could a good strong dose of economic populism be the prescription for the lagging turnout ailment that plagues the Democratic party?<p>Some of the<p>Democrats' most seasoned strategists believe so, and they've been vocal on the subject as the midterm election moves toward its final phase.<p>"Populism …

Israel Provoked This War

It’s up to President Obama to stop it.<p>There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.<p>But this …

My Battle With the Clintons

I wrote a tough book on the Clinton family. Here's what happened next.<p>When I started to write <i>Clinton, Inc: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine,</i> I knew the reaction to expect. I was well aware that the former (and perhaps future) first family and its massive retinue of loyalty enforcers, …